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AFSCME Local 212 Members Raise $850 for ALS Association Through ALS Walk

September 24, 2014

(Pictured Left to Right at ALS Walk: Morgan Williams (daughter of Jason), Local 212 Vice President Jason Williams, Local 212 President Chris De Harty, Local 212 Executive Board Member Wage Boogerd, and Local 212 Executive Board Member Ron Isaacson)

While the nationwide awareness of ALS has increased dramatically with the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, members of AFSCME Local 212 were already well aware of the struggles of those fighting ALS. That’s because Jerry Barcus, a 26 year employee of the City of Sioux City and Local 212 member, has been battling ALS since 2012.

AFSCME Local 212 members had already worked together to build a ramp for Jerry at his home; however, they were still looking for a way they could do more to help fight ALS. With an ALS walk in Sioux City coming up, they decided to come together with management to raise money to fight ALS. AFSCME Local 212 President Chris De Harty and Parks Superintendent Kelly Bach pledged to do the walk twice if $500 could be raised. If $750 could be raised, Parks Superintendent Bach pledged to dye her hair purple for a future city council meeting. Dozens of AFSCME members donated to support the cause.

The walk was held on September 7th in Sioux City and the team consisting of AFSCME Local 212 and management raised $850 to support the fight against ALS! Jerry Barcus completed the ALS Walk in his wheelchair. In addition to Jerry, the following AFSCME Local 212 members and family participated in the walk: Chris De Harty, Jason Williams, Morgan Williams, Teresa Pynn Borchers, Wade Boogerd, Tricia McKean De Harty, and Ron Isaacson. Local 212 also helped provide fun activities for kids who attended the walk, including face painting and a bounce house.

In addition to the walk, several members also donated funds to help fight ALS through the ice bucket challenge.

Local 212 President Chris De Harty said “it was really exciting to see our local membership’s strong support for the fight against ALS. As public employees, we help improve our communities both on the job and outside of work. Our participation in the walk was a great way to show our solidarity with Brother Barcus.”

Jerry Barcus said “I’ve been a union member for decades. I’ve been glad to help my brothers and sisters when they needed help. And now my brothers and sisters have taken time to away from their families to help me and to help fight against ALS. It really shows how no AFSCME member is ever truly alone.”

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